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    this vs. that

    When do you say word this?

    When do you say the word that?

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    Re: this vs. that

    Quote Originally Posted by MsNyree View Post
    When do you say word this?

    When do you say the word that?
    this definition | Dictionary.com

    that definition | Dictionary.com


    Basically, it's relative: this is closer, that is further away. "This" is always "here", and "that" is always "there".

    One other thing (how the distinction was first created):

    Imagine the two of us ("you" and "I"), with some things on the table between us, and another person ("he") standing some feet away. We're talking about "him". Let's say "I"'m speaking, and want to use "this" or "that". "I" use "this" for any of the stuff that's between us, and "that" for anything that's between "you" and "him" or even further away than "he" is. (You've probably heard the old word "yon", with adverb of place "yonder". It was once used for something that even further away than "he" is.)
    Last edited by abaka; 16-Jan-2009 at 03:10.

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